More and more restaurants are starting to value the goodness of fresh, local ingredients, and you should too. Columbia has a great selection of farm-to-table eats that do an incredible job of showing off homegrown South Carolina foods.
What it's known for: With its warm, reclaimed walls and giant windows overlooking the city, The Oak Table is an inviting place to sit down and enjoy a meal. Its offerings are constantly changing based on what’s fresh for the season, but you can almost always order the truffle fries – and we recommend that you do. Every single time.
Style: farm-to-table, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch
Address: 1221 Main St., Columbia
What it's known for: A must-eat in Columbia’s Congaree Vista, it’s named for the beautifully restored building’s original function – supplying motor parts to South Carolina and surrounding states. Guests will appreciate a warm, upscale dining experience featuring the freshest ingredients available that inspire dishes and cocktails from all over.
Style: Farm-to-table, dinner, eclectic
Address: 920 Gervais St., Columbia
What it's known for: A great choice for any occasion and a true favorite in the Forest Acres area of Columbia, Tombo Grille is all about using great ingredients to put creative twists on your favorite Southern classics. Like all farm-to-table restaurants, the menu is always changing to feature what’s in season, but the quality at Tombo never changes. Just make sure you save room for dessert. It’s worth it.
Style: Farm-to-table, dinner, eclectic, southern
Address: 4517 Forest Drive, Columbia
What it's known for: With great appreciation for local farmers’ efforts to produce excellent ingredients, Terra designs each dish with simplicity and authenticity in mind to highlight the natural goodness of the food. And the whole “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” mentality seems to be working well. You get great views of the Columbia skyline from the dining room and patio, and if you happen to be in town on a Wednesday, come early for the Pizza and Pinot special.
Style: Farm-to-table, dinner, Distinguished Restaurant of North America
Address: 100 State St., West Columbia
What it's known for: Bring your family and friends to experience a truly home-cooked meal on the very land it was created from. The Farmer’s Shed was a simple family farm that slowly grew and expanded to a produce market and garden stand. And then later, a restaurant that offered home-style meals made from the farm’s harvests was added. You’ll love the food and perusing the market while your kids run around the nearby corn maze.
Style: Farm-to-table, family-friendly, lunch, dinner
Address: 2514 Augusta Highway, Lexington
What it's known for: Yesterdays’ menu features dishes and flavors inspired by regions from all over the country and beyond. But what sets it apart from others is the use of farm-fresh ingredients that they locally source to enhance the flavors of their food. You know that you are getting exceptional food, but in a relaxed, family-friendly environment.
Style: Tavern, relaxed, family-friendly, brunch, lunch, dinner, farm-to-table
Address: 2030 Devine St., Columbia
What it's known for: Cola’s uses farm-fresh ingredients as often as possible to create their ethnically inspired meals. Whether you’re craving steak, seafood, pork or poultry – they’ve got something on the menu you’ll love. The whole crispy flounder is a perennial favorite. If the weather is nice, request a table in the open garages to have a view of the SC State House as a backdrop to your dinner.
Style: Farm-to-table, dinner
Address: 1215 Assembly St., Columbia